Rivals on Five began as a group of friends who wanted a neighborhood place to go with families and friends. Their inspiration came from great local pubs that they, more times than not, called their homes away from home. The only drawback was none of them were actually near their homes.
Rivals offers indoor and outdoor seating, a rooftop patio, plenty of places to catch the game in the bar area, and a great dining room for lunch and dinner. They offer more than 100 craft beers, craft cocktails, and 20 taps. Order from the daily blue plate special, the regular menu, or one of executive chef Jonathan Allen’s more inventive items, like the BBQ Pork & Waffle.
Brewed with toasted caramel malt and finished with beechwood, Budweiser Black Crown is an ideal pairing for Rivals on Five’s BBQ Pork & Corn Meal Waffle.
1 – 4–6 pound Boston Butt (bone in)
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1/4 cups dark brown sugar
1/4 cups kosher salt
2 Tbs black pepper, ground
1 Tbs smoked paprika
1 Tbs cumin powder
Combine all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl until well incorporated. Rub the pork liberally with the spice blend. Allow the meat to rest 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Place pork in a roasting pan and allow to cook until the meat easily separates from the bone, 4–6 hours. Allow to cool and pull the pork or chop.
16 oz ketchup
1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar, packed
2 Tbsp unsulfured molasses
Up to 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
In a 2-quart saucepan, heat oil over medium high heat. Add onions and stir until translucent. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add ketchup and brown sugar and stir to combine. Add molasses. Reduce heat to simmer and allow to cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir in vinegar to taste. Sauce should be slightly sweet with a little vinegar kick.
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 3/4 cups buttermilk
6 Tbs vegetable oil
2 large eggs
Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and combine until well blended and smooth. Allow to rest for 5 minutes. Using a waffle iron, cook 1/2 cup batter per waffle until crispy.
Take 6 oz of pork and 1/2 cup sauce and heat over medium heat in a saucepan. Place 1 waffle in the center of a plate. Mound pork on top. Drizzle additional sauce to taste.
Alt: Place all of pork and sauce in a crockpot and hold at low heat until ready to use.
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1227 Rockbridge Road, Stone Mountain